Greatest ever ball striker with the irons?

Steve Smith

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Since we on a forum with the world's best maker of irons, I thought I would ask an opinion or two?

My all time hero is Seve but I don't think he was the greatest iron striker

My nominations would be -

Long irons - Jack Nicklaus, Ian Woosnam
All irons - Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer

Of course this is all subjective :)
 
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HAIRY ESSEX BLOKE

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#2
Ben Hogan.......
 
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Brattz

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If you have ever been close enough, Tiger hits a ball like no other. It is a ridiculous blend of power and precision. He has 9 flights for every club and at a demo I went to he hit every one in turn with PW, 8, 6, 4, 2 irons..... all of them landing within FEET of the target he had called out. Unbelievable control and ball striking
 

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I think when you see the Tour Pros up close it's hard not to be impressed - When Langer was in his prime he used to practice at my old club (Woking) when playing a local tournament (like Wentworth et al) - He would get his caddy to stand down the practice ground with one of those practice ball bags, at a certain distance & hit shots at him - The caddy would only have to move a pace to his left, right, back or forward & catch the ball in the bag after it bounced once! - Very impressive to watch ...
Can't argue about Tiger's prowess - Hugely impressive
Jack Nicklaus of the older players was the best ball striker by miles
Of the current players Rory is the best I've seen
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WalkerCup

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Greg Norman, olazabal , Nick Price, Rory and a crazy guy called Mac Ogrady !
 
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I remember watching Eduardo Romero hit balls on the range at the Scottish Open in the late 80s/early 90s (he was a Mizuno man back then if memory serves). Very powerful striker of the ball.

Spent time watching Woosnam too at that time but wasn't very impressed. Everything a low hook, sounded very slappy though.
 

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In his prime Sandy Lyle was one of the best ball strikers of his day. Shame he lost his swing and suffered a fall into the wilderness as a result. I remember seeing him practice at Muirfield in 2002 during the Open and he could still shape the ball precisely on the practice ground. The sound of the ball zipping through the air was incredible. A real shame he was never able to build on his Open and Masters sucess.
 
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